ARC Review: Before the Sky Fell-Aria Michaels


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cooltext1790897456 copySeventeen year old Liv Larson’s world came crashing down around her six months before Solar Storm Icarus devastated the rest of the planet. Suddenly orphaned, and with all of her carefully constructed plans laid to ruin, Liv must decide whether she will give in to her grief, or fight for what is left of her family, her friendships, and the future that existed Before the Sky Fell.

***Prequel Novella includes bonus material and a special sneak peek at Killshot (Icarus Series, Book One!

I was fortunate enough to beta read Before the Sky Fell, a prequel novella to Killshot, one of my top reads of 2014. For those of you who have not read/heard of Killshot here’s a brief overview:

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When seventeen year old Liv Larson and her brother are sent to separate foster homes, shegives up on her old life, her old friends, and her faith in God. The only bright spot in Liv’s newlife is her energetic and obnoxious foster-sister, Riley. When Riley convinces her to come to the rooftop party to view Icarus, the up-coming solar flare, Liv has no idea she’s being set up to meet the sexy and mysterious, Zander James. Despite her resistance, Liv finds herself drawn to Zander, and for the first time in months her troubles take a back seat…that is until what should have been a small flare, erupts into a full blown solar storm.

Now, Liv and her rag-tag group of not-quite friends must find a way to survive the sweltering heat, lingering radiation, and the mysterious virus that appears to have found an ideal host among their ranks. Alliances will be formed, and battle lines will be drawn.
Together, Liv and her new friends set out on a perilous journey to save their loved ones, find answers, and reach salvation.

But, something sinister awaits them in the dark—and it’s undeniably connected to Liv.

Soon, Liv and the others realize they may be more connected than they thought, and the truth may be too much to handle. Will Liv be able to keep her promise and reunite with her brother? Will her brave determination be enough to save them all from a rogue government, a terrifying virus, and the things that go bump in the night?

…Or was Icarus, indeed, the KILLSHOT.

Killshot is the action-packed, post-apocalyptic thrill ride you’ve been searching for. It’s gritty, violent, and full of enough gore and suspense to keep you on your toes. A heart-stopping journey into a dangerous new world that takes on dystopian without going zombie, Killshot blends science fiction with natural disaster and astronomically bad luck.

For the rest of this review click here –>Killshot Review

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Before the Sky Fell is a short and insightful journey into the psyche and back stories of some of the main characters in Killshot. Full of heartache, loss, and self discovery, Before the Sky Fell is a raw portrait of recovery and inner strength in leu of the devastating curve balls life throws at you. 

PROS:

  • Liv’s anger at her situation and struggle to cope with the unfortunate reality of the foster care system is real, raw, and full of pain. Liv lashes out and collapses within herself, refusing to open up. She feels defeated by powers that are out of her hands and yet, she resonates inner power and determination. Nothing will stop her from protecting the ones she loves. She’s a fighter, hopeful that she has what it takes, she works her butt off to be more and take on way more than the average teen should ever have to. She’s an admirable young woman who grows into a fierce, headstrong leader. As someone who read Killshot first, it was interesting to finally see the circumstances that made Liv into who she is. 
  • Some parts are an emotional explosion of sadness. Sometimes life is unfair and cruel. Liv’s regret, her disappointment in herself, and the fear are prominent as she shuffles through the aftermath of tragedy.
  • Aria Michaels’ characters are so authentic and genuine. They’re imperfect, they make mistakes, and their emotions are just as scattered as the average person. They try to get it together and it’s not always easy.
  • Riley is hilarious. The taste of her back story is intriguing and promises to be full of color. Riley is the confident, loud girl that forces Liv out of her shell and doesn’t take no for an answer. She knows when to push and how to make Liv herself again. Liv and Riley have an instant sisterly bond and you can feel how much they like each other. 
  • Friendship, family, and relationships are the highlight of this book. Beans and Liv are adorable together. The irritation at having to put up with a little brother and the angsty pangs of being a rebellious teen trying to get a love life are all there. 

CONS:

  • Some sections felt cut off.  The interactions in the foster system for one and the brief encounters with Liv’s foster mother. I wanted a little more. 

Happy reading,

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